Category Archives: fools ‘n frauds

Fourth of July 2018 – a Divided Nation That’s Lost Its Way

On our latest Fourth of July, we unfortunately, find some of our beliefs as outlined in the U.S. Constitution once again under attack by tyrants from the Royalty of Riches that makes its own laws in defiance of our binding pledge to “We the people.” Continue reading

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Bosch Claims Diesel Record Readings of 13 mg NOx per kilometer. Too Little, Too Late to Clean Dirty Diesel Image?

The Volkswagen dieselgate scandal exposed clearly fraudulent conduct. VW, one of the world’s largest automotive groups, deliberately lied about diesel emissions and cheated during testing by using control software that resulted in dirtier diesel exhaust that was far dirtier in real driving than in the lab on a dynamometer. Continue reading

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CARB OKs Plan to Mitigate Harm from Volkswagen Diesel Defeat Devices. Heavy-Duty Vehicles to Get Clean Technology

“This is a landmark moment in the saga of Volkswagen’s environmental violations,” said CARB Chair Mary D. Nichols. “Over the next 10 years this plan will put in place not only tools to clean up VW’s excess emissions, but also to help achieve further reductions of smog-forming pollution for decades to come.” Continue reading

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Troubled Asset Relief Program – Total Cost $32B

The Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) of 2008 and other desperate actions let the Department of the Treasury promote stability in financial markets through the purchase and guarantee of “troubled assets.” It was a latter part of the Emergency Economic … Continue reading

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US Car Sales Plummet in February. Trucks Gain Again

The smoking tire and news wheel spin of the month – given Trump’s ongoing trade tirades amidst a complete collapse of White House staff support and an ongoing exodus – came from the American International Automobile Dealers Association Continue reading

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Me Too? Raj Nair, President North America, Fired by Ford

Job One at Ford appears to include masturbating on the assembly line, showing off pictures of penises, molesting and propositioning women and retaliating against those who refused to “go along with the program,” thereby providing an expanded definition of tit for tat. Continue reading

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Gutting Consumer Finance Protection Bureau Hurts Auto Biz

As a congressman, Mick Mulvaney sponsored legislation to abolish the CFPB. A White House budget proposal cuts funding for the CFPB by ~$150 million – 25% of its total budget. Mulvaney has already frozen hiring and put a temporary hold on payments to victims of illegal banking practices. Three to 5 million American households turn to payday loan companies whose storefronts in working class neighborhoods outnumber McDonalds and Starbucks. Continue reading

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More Significant Stories, Trends of 2017. And 2018?

A real victory starting in 2016 came from the work of the Union of Concerned Scientists. (Trump of course wants to ban the word and work of “science” because of its relentless search for the truth that in personal practice Trump has banned as a guiding principle for the largest democracy in the world.) Continue reading

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Significant Stories, Trends of 2017. And 2018?

However, journalists staring down a blank screen, an opaque prelude to more 2018 deadlines, do not have the option to Tweet and constantly Run away from the responsibilities of the job. Here is AutoInformed on some significant automotive related stories of the 2017 year, with our wry awareness, as always, that columnists conduct their education – sometimes not perfectly informed – in public. Continue reading

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Trump’s Stealing from the Poor to Give to the Rich

“Anti-worker politicians have made no secret that they will next try to cut Medicare, Social Security, and, Medicaid. UAW members and retirees will remember those who fought for them and those who did not.” Continue reading

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Merry Christmas – Daimler Boasts of Trump Tax Gifts for Rich

Hoping to boost the stock price no doubt, Daimler on Christmas Eve is saying there will be a significant increase of Group Net Income as a result of Trump’s welfare for the wealthy plan. The law rushed through without public … Continue reading

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Dieselgate Once Again – Porsche to Fix Dirty V6 Diesels

It is no coincidence that in June, the respected German Magazine Der Spiegel first reported the “irregularities.” It also pointed out the existence of a cheating cartel consisting of Audi, BMW, Daimler, Volkswagen and Porsche that lasted for many years. The outgoing German government was complicit in allowing the cartel and the emissions in the view of critics because so many jobs were at stake. Continue reading

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Lies and Deflections Worth Noting on Virgin Islands & Puerto Rico from Bureaucrats Doing Nothing to help U.S. Citizens

“We are dying, and you are killing us with the inefficiency, and the bureaucracy,” San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz said Friday at a news conference. She highlighted donations from companies and others, including 200,000 pounds of food donated by Goya, as a contrast to federal help. Continue reading

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Non-Fake News: Americans Differ in Trusting Sources – Pew

Americans fall into categories ranging from those “interested and engaged with information to those who are wary and stressed.” The survey explores five distinct groups of people’s engagement with information and finds that a pair of elements stand out when it comes to citizens’ enthusiasm for engagement: Continue reading

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Social Media Providing News to Most Americans, Alas

For the first time in Center surveys, more than half (55%) of Americans ages 50 or older report getting news on social media sites, up 10 percentage points from 2016. Continue reading

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